Last night while we were cleaning up from dinner and Family Night (we made Halloween sugar cookies and sang Primary Program songs), Peter took this picture of our family.Today we are taking Peter to the airport so he can fly home to Slovakia via NYC. We sent a care pacakage of the cookies we made last night for him to share with Zuzana. We will miss them a lot! The only bright side is that we need to separate the girls to do some sleep training with Heidi , so now we have a room for Addie to sleep in until Heidi learns to go to bed and stop disturbing the whole family! The nice thing is that Zuzana and Peter will probably come back next year! They won't live with us but we can stop in and see them at work or have them over for dinner! :) Next summer we will teach them to cook Mexican food!
On a totally different subject, I was reading cjane's post about her halloween peeves, and I realized that I share them all. I also was reminded that I haven't shared one of the weirdest things about myself. I have serious issues with doing free advertising for companies by wearing their brand names on my person. I worked one holiday season at the Gap and I was really annoyed that I had to wear a branded shirt, but later figured it was okay since they were paying me. I LOATHE clothing with cartoons, which I feel is another form of free advertising. Rich thinks I am a mean mom because I won't buy the girls Disney Princess (or other character) clothes. Well, I have been a little more flexible with the kids. We found a really cute, INEXPENSIVE pair of sneakers for Addie with a subtle Hello Kitty on them. And each year we pillage the after Christmas sales and find $3 Old Navy fleeces. I'll wear those because they are practically free. And if the kids receive (subtly) branded items as gifts, I let it slide. But come on-- we are human beings with dignity! Companies should not be allowed to advertise their wares on the temples Heavenly Father gave us. To me, it's like a tattoo. And if somebody is going to use me that way, at least they should be paying ME, not the other way around! ;)